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Homemade Healthier “Hamburger Helper”

The best hamburger helper recipe is homemade hamburger helper. If you make it yourself at home, you never have to wonder about the nutritional content.

Course Main Course, pasta
Cuisine American
Keyword hamburger helper, one pot meal
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 363 kcal



  1. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the ground turkey and cook until browned, breaking meat apart with a wooden spoon while it cooks. Season with salt and pepper. 

  2. Add dry pasta to browned meat. 

  3. Whisk together hot water with cornstarch. Add to skillet with meat and pasta.  

  4. Whisk together milk and spices. Add to skillet with meat and pasta. Bring to a boil and turn the heat down to low and simmer. Cover and cook for 10-12 minutes, or until the pasta is al dente. Add the cheese and stir to combine. Garnish with cilantro. Serve immediately.

Nutrition Facts
Homemade Healthier “Hamburger Helper”
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 363 Calories from Fat 180
% Daily Value*
Fat 20g31%
Sodium 388mg16%
Carbohydrates 17g6%
Sugar 6g7%
Protein 31g62%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.